Wednesday, January 9, 2008

gettin' there

well, i'm gettin' there   where am i gettin'?   my exercise program in place    i'm now in the routine of my weights workout, now for the hikin'   i hiked once last week, then again not til today   my cardio is out of combustion   today was better since workin' some weights the past week and there will be better tomorrows   the hike is all uphill for the first 30mins   i've been hikin' the first 25mins, turning around and complete 50mins total   i'm doin' it at a brisk pace   this works my whole body and i was feelin' it tonite   it's not like delivering the mail i did 10miles a day, 5days a week   that was all flat   eventually i want to be during 2hrs or more a day at least 4days a week   remember, the Grand Canyon is my goal by this fall   i'm gettin there...

in the meantime, i'm reading still   just finished Soldier's Heart,  Reading Literature and Poetry in Peace and War at West Point   written my a civilian English Prof that teaches there, and she's female, she shares what she tries to teach to the cadets to prepare them for their future in the military   the literature and poetry are written around wars but allows the cadets to think about how they may think while serving in a war zone   she also shows films   the themes are honor, courage, bravery, self sacrifice, respect among other characteristics that is developed there   some of these characteristics, if not all, i've been trying to live even in a civilian atmosphere applying now my principles of spirituality as well   not all these characteristics i learned while in the military myself   some came after service and learned through my spiritual journey   i was taught with morals as a kid, but things like honor & courage came later   some of that was already there, but the more in depth meanings of these words came later   i served during peaceful times, so these ideas weren't at the forefront of my military life   they were there, but elusive   anyways, one of the many reasons i like to read books   accordin' to my friend Marsha, the books i read are "heavy", meaning educational   only occasionally do i read fiction   but even some fiction are educational   i just feel there's always more for me to learn   Life is Good....now i started another book, Three Cups of Tea   about a guy from Montana who has built 55 schools for kids in the remote areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan   two chapters read and i love it!....a mind is a terrible thing to waste...Read!

3 comments:

ksquester said...

I think reading is just the BEST way to spend time. Who could ever feel alone when you can read.  You DO read alot and that is wonderful. Kind of expands your world and makes you appreciative, doesn't it?  Anne

sunnyside46 said...

what a great attitude...always something more to learn
Marti

jmorancoyle said...

    I agree. The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Good luck with your workouts. As much as I've always wanted to hike the Grand Canyon, I'll have to do it vicariously through your efforts.
Jude
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